Fed up with being charged to get that engine management light off? If the answer is yes then this is the equipment you'll need. With this universal scanning equipment you can talk to your car's onboard computer systems to diagnose faults in seconds, the software supplied is easy to use and all you need is a USB port on your laptop or notebook
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Hardware is good, cheap and it works. Software is a nightmare... No instructions and damned near impossible to set up. Having said that it does work when you eventually get it sorted. So for anyone considering this gadget... Instructions... Copy the software to a folder on your desktop (windows) then plug in the USB and load the drivers from USB Driver\WHQL Certified Driver. You will need to do this twice because it needs 2 drivers. (YOU WILL BE PROMPTED BY WINDOWS TO DO THIS) Then you are ready to load the software (All Of It) all of it because it does not all work. Now plug the OBD connector into the car and turn on the ignition. Finally try out the programs (All Of Them). If you get the error/message interface not found/not connected it's a probably a COM port connection problem. You have to try out every single port until you find the one the interface is sitting on. (YOU HAVE TO MANUALLY SET THE PORT NUMBER AND BAUD RATE TO GET A CONNECTION) I hope this helps someone.
This item was received very well packaged and arrived in 2 days, well before the expected date. The packege contained all the hardware in seperate bags and a mini CD containing the software. The package did not contain any instructions as to the connection of the hardware or what to expect or see once connected. The USB connection was recognised by my old laptop running XP and I did require the driver contained on the CD. I browsed the CD folder looking for the software to install on my laptop and installed the recommended program. The software was next to useless and would not recognise the USB connection. As this is a USB device I found this rediculous. I found alternative software on the internet and installed this. The hardware was recognised and easily connected to enable diagnostics and light re setting etc.
In summary, great hardware and well worth the money but expect to be looking for alternative/better software to make full use of it.
Brilliant. Works great, especially when you have some decent software with it. This is less expensive than E-bay, for the same thing. Can't go wrong. Software on CD is okay for free. OBD connector sticks out a bit, so make sure it doesn't interfear with your OBD location.
I plugged in the device to my PC (windows XP sp3), I put the CD in the drive, I loaded the drivers as prompted, I installed the software (FiatECUscan), I plugged it in the car socket, pressed connect... everything worked first time. I'm impressed.
I was already pre-warned by others that the software was difficult to follow. I can only agree all I need is someone who can write decent English to set down a list of carefully thought out actions to set the ELM 327 up. Leaving the car ignition on for long periods trying to get the system working results in a flat battery! Lots of software icons not knowing which to go for is confusing. Some are selling their software - fair enough but separate them from the basic business of making it work. I will continue trying before I can give a balanced judgment about how it works.
Purchased this last July. Couldn't use it until Dec 09 due to illness. However, I have now attempted to use it over many days but to no avail. I have found this to be a nightmare of an item although still unsure whether it is software or hardware related. I have trawled all the forums regarding fixes and drivers but still no joy. I have contacted BV Electronics via e-mail (no phone contact available) explaining the problem but they just quote that I have passed the 90 day warranty - even though I explained my medical issue. I really do not want to return the item and would rather some support in finding a fix but non was offered. What do you do? My car is year 2002(petrol) and definitely OBD2. My next port of call will be a trader I can speak to over the phone and firstly ascertain that it will "work out of the box".
This item was received very well packaged and arrived in 3 working days. The packege contained all the hardware in seperate bags and a mini CD containing the software. The package did not contain any instructions as to the connection of the hardware or what to expect or see once connected. The USB connection was recognised by my laptop running XP but i did not require the driver contained on the CD(it was out of date, got new version off website). I browsed the CD folder looking for the software to install on my laptop and installed the recommended program.
The program ran fine BUT it did not cure my car fault and did not even find a fault on it and still it didn't reset the engine light.